American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Directed downward: a downcast glance.
- adj. Low in spirits; depressed. See Synonyms at depressed.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Cast or directed downward: as, a downcast eye or look.
- Hence Depressed; dejected: as, a down-cast spirit.
- In mining, descending. The current of air taken from the surface to ventilate the interior of a coal-mine is called the downcast current, and the shaft through which it is conveyed the downcast shaft.
- n. A downward look: generally implying sadness or pensiveness.
- n. In mining, the ventilating shaft down which the air passes in circulating through a mine.
- n. In ship-building, a duct or trunk with a cowl or hood at its upper end, arranged to drive air down into the interior of a vessel.
- adj. of eyes Looking downwards.
- adj. of a person Feeling despondent.
- n. computing A cast from supertype to subtype.
- n. obsolete A melancholy look.
- n. mining A ventilating shaft down which the air passes in circulating through a mine.
- v. transitive, obsolete To cast or throw up; to turn upward.
- v. transitive, Scotland To taunt; to reproach; to upbraid.
- v. transitive, computing To cast from supertype to subtype.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Cast downward; directed to the ground, from bashfulness, modesty, dejection, or guilt.
- adj. depressed; dispirited; dejected; -- of people.
- n. Downcast or melancholy look.
- n. (Mining) A ventilating shaft down which the air passes in circulating through a mine.
- adj. directed downward
- n. a ventilation shaft through which air enters a mine
- adj. filled with melancholy and despondency
- down + cast (Wiktionary)
“Not only am I Catholic, but I'm actually a season ticket holder of the Nationals, and I'm kind of downcast right now.”
“That song makes me think of post-climactic film cuts of a movie, maybe a love story or a sad story about traveling, and "That's" is playing and we see snippets of the daily lives of two or more characters and they're all kind of downcast and mundane-looking.”
“We are Eeyore," she said, referring to the downcast donkey in the Winnie the Pooh stories, and then offering an imitation of him: " 'We'll never make it; we'll never get out of here; it is horrible; we're losing; it's over.”
“In fact, if anything, I left the conversation feeling more downcast than encouraged.”
“At some point, the one who was primarily confronting me looked away, downcast, and began to curse under his breath.”
“Throughout the ceremony, which lasted an hour and a half, both bride and groom wore demure expressions, their eyes mostly downcast.”
“And look at the eyes on the star, they are looking directly at the figure in front of it, not just ahead, but downcast at the small huddled figure.”
“Their eyes are downcast, weighted by thick, extravagantly long false eyelashes.”
“But ever the optimist, sitting in London where Mr. Pépy is visiting for a series of meetings, he refuses to be downcast.”
“Wordless I pass him at the noon hour as he maneuvers tagliatelle fixed with wild boar sauce and tomatoes about his fork, face downcast, the broad pallet of a ruddy tongue rests on bottom lip as he puts forkfuls between grating teeth.”
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